Samsung S8+ Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8 : In Depth Comparison

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Samsung has announced Galaxy Note 8. Samsung is riding high on success of Samsung S8 and S8 Plus. Samsung has seen failure of Note 7. Note 7 was not only a failure but a disaster also. Note 7 started exploding and was banned on several places including by airlines.

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Samsung experienced worst sale post Note 7 failure. In India, it was time for surging new brands like Vivo and Oppo. Vivo and Oppo rapidly gained market share left by Samsung.

However Note 8 launch has left Samsung lovers in lurch. Note 8 is nothing but true polished copy of Samsung S8 Plus. It look and feel is also same. If Note 8 and S8 plus are put together it is difficult to identify either phone.

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Note 8 has its trade mark stylus otherwise all measure specifications and features are same. Detail comparative / comparison study of S8 Plus and Note 8 is listed here.

Parameters Models Galaxy S8+ Note 8 Remarks
Network and Communication Technology Make GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE No Change
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 No Change
3G Netowrk HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 No Change
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 66(1700/2100), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 66(1700/2100), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) No Change
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps No Change
GPRS Yes Yes No Change
EDGE Yes Yes No Change
Physical Appearance and SIM SLOT Physical Dimensions 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 in) 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in) Slight change in Height,  width and Thickness
Weight in gms 173 g 195 g Note 8 is bulkier than S8+
Build type Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel No Change
SIM Slot Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) No Change
Sasmung Pay and IPS – Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified) – Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified) No Change
– IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes – IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
– Stylus This is only Tarde mark and USP of Note 8
Screen Display Screen Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Slight change in screen display , note 8 screen size is 6.3 inch but then body to screen ratio is 0.8% less that S8 plus
Display Size 6.2 inches (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio) 6.3 inches (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Screen Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2960 pixels (~521 ppi pixel density) ppi pixel density is lesser than s8 Plus
Multitouch Yes Yes No Change
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 No Change
Others – 3D Touch (home button only) – HDR10 compliant UI in S8 + was TouchWiz while in Note 8 it is Grace UX UI
– Always-on display – 3D Touch (home button only)
– TouchWiz UI – Always-on display
– Grace UX UI
Operating Systema and Processor Operating System Android 7.0 (Nougat) Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) Note8 has 7.1.1 version of Android, however S8+ user can always update their version
Chipset Technology Exynos 8895 Octa Exynos 8895 Octa – EMEA No Change
CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz) – EMEA No Change
GPU Mali-G71 MP20 Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA No Change
Internal and External Memory Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model No Change
Internal 64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM In S8 plus highest ROM was 128, however in Note 8 it is 256 GB
128 GB, 6 GB RAM – for India
Camera – Still and Video Rear Camera 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF), OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash Minor change
Features 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size @ 26 mm Minor change in camera features
1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size @ 52 mm
Video quality 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec. No Change
Front Camera 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR No Change
Sound and Music Call Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones No Change
Speaker Yes Yes No Change
3.5mm jack Yes Yes No Change
Others – 32-bit/384kHz audio – 32-bit/384kHz audio No Change
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Connectivity WLAN Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot No Change
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX 5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE No Change
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO No Change
NFC Yes Yes No Change
USB Connectivity 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector No Change
Other Features Sensors Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 No Change
Messaging Services SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM No Change
Browser HTML5 HTML5 No Change
Other features – Samsung DeX (desktop experience support) – Samsung Desktop Experience support No Change
– Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0) – Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
– Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent) – Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
– ANT+ support – ANT+ support
– S-Voice natural language commands and dictation – S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
– MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player – MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player – MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor – Photo/video editor
– Document editor – Document editor
Battery Type Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery Battery is better in S8 Plus

Question : Should one upgrade from S8 plus to Note 8 ?

Answer: No, Note 8 is true copy of S8 Plus. one should not move to Note 8.

Question : Is Note 8 superior model than S8 Plus

Answer : No

Question : If value for money is looked which product is beter Note 8 or S8 Plus

Answer : S8 Plus

Critical review : It looks Samsung has launched Note 8 for sake of launch. Technologically also there was nothing much with Samsung to add on in Note 8.

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